Post 70 stays alive

Published 9:40 pm Friday, August 10, 2018

The American Legion Post 70 19U baseball team kept its summer alive with a 6-2 win over Parkersburg Post 15 Friday afternoon in the American Legion Southeastern Regional Tournament in Asheboro, North Carolina.

Post 70 fell to Randolph County Post 45 on Thursday, making Friday’s game a must-win in the double-elimination tournament.

Starting pitcher Charlie James took a no-hitter into the seventh and final inning on Friday. He allowed a total of two runs on two hits. He walked three, but struck out 7.

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After two scoreless innings, Post 70 scored all six of its runs in innings three through six. Walks hurt Post 70 in its loss on Thursday and it was an issue again in the third inning on Friday. James walked three batters and Post 15 scored the game’s first run without the benefit of a hit.

Troy quickly responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the third when Ryan Tomlin walked with the bases loaded, scoring Wood Jinright from third.

Gage Herring smacked an RBI single to right field to drive in Logan Thompson and Dylan Register walked with the bases loaded to give Post 70 a 3-1 lead after four innings.

The lead was extended to three in the fifth when Jinright singled on a ground ball to right field to drive in DJ Law.

Post 70 slammed the door shut when it scored two insurance runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning to increase its lead to 5 at 6-1. Law smacked the ball over the wall in right for a home run and Brayden Baggett singled to center to drive in Thompson.

Post 15 picked up its only two runs of the game in the seventh.

Post 70 finished in double figures with 10 hits led by Thompson, who went a perfect 3-3 with two runs scored. Law picked up two hits and scored two runs. Herring, Tomlin and Baggett all had one hit.